Brenda L. Morrow , Shireen M. Kanakri
Introduction: This study examined empirical research on the effects of high correlated color temperature light-emitting diodes (LED) and fluorescent lighting on students in the classroom. LED is becoming the most recent lighting option for optimal energy efficiency over fluorescent technology.
Background: A review of the literature indicates correlated color temperature (CCT) of lighting has non-visual effects on students, with higher CCT positively impacting attitudes and behavior. The review also revealed current studies regarding dynamic or tunable lighting that adjusts CCT based on desired activity and mood. Data from an original survey analyzed teacher insights and perceptions regarding student attitudes and behaviors associated with existing classroom lighting and the impact of higher color temperature LED.
Methods: Participants were pre-K through high school qualified teachers from three schools and/or personal contacts of the principal investigator. Seventy-five teachers responded to the online questionnaire. The survey data suggests teachers perceive higher color temperature lighting positively impacts student alertness, attitude, and energy level; and adjusting light levels throughout a school day positively impacts student engagement.
Results and conclusion: Results supported the perception of higher correlated color temperature lighting positively impacting alertness, attitude, and energy level. Findings also supported the ability to change light levels throughout the school day to positively impact student engagement and mood. There were mixed results regarding higher correlated color temperature impacting attention and on-task/off- task behaviors. Results regarding the impact of sound and flickering from fluorescent lights were not significant.
Published Date: 2018-09-26; Received Date: 2018-08-28